Big Squaw - Little Squaw


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These quaint & beautiful lakes are located in Jackson County in Southern Oregon. Big Squaw lake is 50 Acres and Little Squaw Lake is 12 acres. These lake provide a great way to spend the day and fish. Some of the fish in the lakes are Rainbow Trout, Black Crappie, Largemouth Bass Common, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, and Cutthroat Trout. There is a restriction of Motor boats.

Seven miles up Squaw Creek Road, a predominantly gravel road across the Applegate Dam, lie Squaw Lakes. Squaw Lake, the larger of the two lakes, covers 48 acres and is 110 feet deep. Little Squaw Lake covers 20 acres and is 52 feet deep. The larger lake has a dam and outlet owned and operated by the Squaw Creek Improvement District, a small group of landowners. Both lakes are popular camping and fishing lakes. One might expect to catch crappie, catfish, bass and rainbow or cutthroat trout.

In 1972 the Forest Service acquired the lakes from Squaw Lakes, Inc. through a land exchange. Before the exchange the area was used heavily by cattle and as a pay-type campground by the owners, where vehicles and boats had easy access to the larger lake. The Forest Service withdrew from mineral entry, 540 acres surrounding the lake, fenced out the cattle, and restricted vehicle access to Forest Service vehicles only, to preserve the natural appearance of the land surrounding the lakes, minimize soil disturbance, and protect the quality of the water in the lakes and springs adjacent to them.

Ten permittees make up the Range program for the Applegate Ranger District, 1,052 head are grazed on six different allotments which total 197,105 acres.

Location: Take Hwy 238 from I- 5 south to Ruch, then follow the Applegate River Rd south to Applegate Reservoir. Go across dam to Forest Rd 1075 and to the lakes.
NOTE* Squaw Lakes Camping is Walk-in ONLY. Vehicles are parked outside the gate area, and all personal belongings must be hiked into the camping area. There is no exceptions to the policy. Due to the remote location of Squaw Lakes, CHECK-IN at the campground is currently not available. Prior to crossing the dam and driving up the mountain road, we recommend that you check-in at Hart-Tish Park General Store at Applegate Lake. It's just 3/4 of a mile past the dam on the left hand side. Your check-in will be quick and easy, and also you can get last minute supplies you may have forgotten. Do not proceed to Squaw Lakes without a copy of your reservation confirmation in-hand. Our Camp-host routinely checks each campsite for proper documentation.
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For Camping Fees, Dates, Hours & Info Call: 541-899-9220 or visit their website at: www.applegatelake.com  and then see Squaw Lakes.

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